Germany retirement can help Ozil - Emery

Dean Simpson
September 15, 2018

The Uruguayan has been making substitute appearances, but Emery now looks as if he is ready to start the diminutive midfielder and pair him with Granit Xhaka at the base of Arsenal's midfield.

However, he returned for a 3-2 win away to Cardiff before the worldwide break and is expected to keep his place for the trip to St James' Park. Arsenal travel to Tyneside to face Newcastle, who have their own problems to worry about.

'I don't think he could get into the Manchester City and Liverpool teams, but it would hurt Arsenal fans to see another of their superstars leave to a Premier League rival'.

Arsenal will be looking to secure their third consecutive victory against Newcastle, but will be hoping for a more convincing performance than they managed against Cardiff.

Meanwhile, Newcastle may be forced to rest Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin after they made a late return from global duty with Venezuela and the U.S. national team respectively.

"I think confidence (at Newcastle) is high in terms of mentality, team spirit and the way we work".

"Sometimes you can have all of the tactics right and one player can make the difference".

Benitez too has a full-strength squad at his disposal for the Arsenal game and will be hoping his side secure all three points to get their first win of the season as well as jump out of the 18th position on the table they now occupy.

"They won't create a million chances against the Gunners and Arsenal will create plenty".

"Last year, we had some games in a row (when) we weren't winning, but we were close. And I want to push every player to be okay to help the team if for one minute, 30 minutes or half time or 90 minutes".

"We are playing against a very good team but we have to approach it with the belief that we can do what we did a year ago".

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